Where did Brandon Crawford rank among MLB shortstops in 2019?
It was a down season offensively for San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. Just how bad was it compared to others at the position?
The San Francisco Giants handed Brandon Crawford the starting shortstop job midway through the 2011 season and he has been a staple at the position ever since.
While he peaked in 2015 with a 113 OPS+ and 21 home runs in a 5.4 WAR season, he was still a solid contributor as recently as 2018. That season, he posted a 100 OPS+ with 28 doubles, 14 home runs and 2.5 WAR while earning a spot on the NL All-Star team.
The 2019 season was a different story entirely.
The 32-year-old remained the team’s primary shortstop, but his numbers were down across the board, and the team also used Donovan Solano (19 games), Mauricio Dubon (9 games), Yangervis Solarte (4 games) and Abiatal Avelino (1 game) at the position.
All told, San Francisco Giants shortstops finished the season with a .248/.315/.392 line and a .707 OPS that ranked 23rd in the majors.
While that one all-encompassing offensive statistic tells us that the Giants were one of the worst-performing teams at the position performers at the position, what we set out to answer was where Crawford ranked individually.
For the sake of this exercise, we limited the field of players under consideration to guys who spent at least 51 percent of their time at the shortstop position and also tallied at least 150 plate appearances.
That narrowed the field to just 36 players and ahead is a rundown of where Brandon Belt ranked among that group in a number of statistical categories.